Buck stops with the players not manager – Kennedy

Five days of humiliation.

That is how most Town fans will sum up the nightmare scenario facing them today – going from Championship dark horses to the laughing stock of the nation in just two weeks.

The Blues defence plummeted to new depths in Saturday’s ‘Nightmare on London Road’ as newly-promoted Peterborough United trounced nine-man Town 7-1.

With pain and embarrassment still raw among Town’s fantastic supporters, one question is on everyone’s lips – where does the club go from here?

Despite his side shipping 12 goals in five days, Paul Jewell, who described Saturday as his worst moment in football, rightly retains the backing of the vast majority of Town fans.


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And the same seems to apply in the dressing room with Mark Kennedy insisting the buck stops with the players after the thrashing in full view of the Sky cameras.

Kennedy said: “It was incredibly disappointing and totally unacceptable – both individually and collectively.

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“We have to look at ourselves and take responsibility. Any manager can only do so much.

“The training was good in the week, we did a lot of tactical work, and it is a very disappointing situation when we players get on the pitch and don’t do what we were told. It boils down to all of the players.”

And in a special message to the Blues tremendous travelling support, many of whom stayed to the bitter end, Kennedy joined Jewell in saying sorry.

The Irishman said: “On behalf of everyone in that dressing room, I would like to apologise to the fans.

“Everyone in that dressing room has to appreciate how good our fans are. It is easy to come out and look after yourself. But we all know how lucky we are.

“We have to have more respect and a bit more belief as a club like Ipswich shouldn’t be performing the way we are performing.”

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